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Renee Fleming & Jonas Kaufman

On March 20th I attended a concert performance of opera arias and duets featuring soprano superstar Renee Fleming and renowned tenor Jonas Kauffman at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Renee Fleming, who most recently sang the National Anthem at the Super bowl for an audience of over 100 million people, was in fine form singing […]

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Big Ears Festival 2014

Big Ears Festival 2014

The Big Ears Festival is taking place in Knoxville, Tennessee March 28th-30th. “Hailed by composer Philip Glass as a “tremendous experience” and Pitchfork as “an inspiration,” The Big Ears Festival brings together musicians and artists who span generations and transcend genres for dozens of concerts along with installations, exhibitions, film screenings, interactive workshops, informative talks, surprise collaborations, […]

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Bela Bartok

The Essential Béla Bartók

In addition to being one of the most important composers of the 20th Century, Béla Bartók was one of the founders of ethnomusicology. Traveling the countryside and making field recordings of the various folk songs of different regions of Hungary, he sought to create a tradition of truly Hungarian music. The originality that resulted is remarkable. […]

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9/11 Memorial

9/11 Museum Opens May 21

“The 9/11 museum will open to the public in May following a six-day preview period for 9/11 family members and first responders. During that time, the facility will be free and open around the clock as a tribute to those who worked non-stop at Ground Zero for three months after the Twin Towers fell.” (nydailynews.com) […]

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Fun with Metronomes

Fun with Metronomes

I played with metronomes all the time growing up. But, I never experimented with them enough to create a hypnotic video like the one below. Radiolab.org has posted two videos about metronome synchronization. “As the metronomes tick back and forth, they affect the table, and because the table is designed to absorb the motion of […]

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